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2014 January

Phil Factor

The Joy of Program Chrestomathy


After days spent wrestling with an intractable mess of code, with the winter rain beating on the windows, I sometimes find it difficult to maintain my keenness for development work. Is it like this for everyone? You read of cool startups where the California sun streams through the windows and everyone is young and cool, […]

31 January 2014 1:10 pm by

Quick Tip: Windows directory file list


In a previous version of Windows (circa Windows95 or older) there was a button in the toolbar of it’s equivalent of Windows Explorer that generated a list of files in the open directory, in a text file. Despite searching through I cant locate an image of it or find a demo of it in […]

30 January 2014 9:51 pm by
Damon Armstrong

Finding the IP Address of a Specific Network Adapter in Windows (and a rant about Hyper-V)


We just recently made the switch from VMWare over to Hyper-V and I have found two things a bit surprising: 1.) Hyper-V performs better on my laptop than VMWare.  I was having issues with my computer locking up and moving to Hyper-V appears to have corrected it, and I can run more VM’s more quickly […]

29 January 2014 9:15 pm by
Andrew Hunter

The Synchronisation Trap


The original generation of PDAs, the ancestors of today’s mobile devices, were notably limited in their connectivity. They relied on a regular, often daily, ritual of synchronisation where they would be connected to a desktop machine by a wire and synchronise their data. Mobile devices are changing the way applications are designed in some fundamental […]

23 January 2014 4:22 pm by
Tony Davis

Should IT Managers Code?


In one of his first ever Simple-talk articles, Phil Factor tells the story of a freelance Sybase programmer who created a reporting system using exquisitely complex dynamically compiled stored procedures, and then promptly departed when he failed to secure a doubling of his contract rate. As Phil struggled to make sense of the code, with […]

17 January 2014 11:40 am by

Backup to the right location, by default.


How do you configure where your database backups are created? Do you have problems updating all of your backup jobs if the backup location needs to change? In this blog we will look at how you can make use of Windows settings and a few lines of simple TSQL to have total control over where […]

13 January 2014 9:00 am by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Victors of the Tribal Awards


Throughout December, Simple-Talk and SQL Server Central hosted the Tribal Awards.  With these awards, we let the technical community choose members who they felt deserved recognition by opening up both nominations and voting to the public. We’re very pleased to be able to announce the winners for each category listed below. The winners were decided […]

6 January 2014 7:11 pm by
Laila Lotfi

Do you want a better work/life balance this 2014?


Do you often work late nights or weekends, and feel burnt out as a result? Or do you feel stressed at work because you simply have too much on? If that sounds familiar, then this post is for you. Three weeks ago, I offered to share what I knew about Goal Mapping with a handful […]

6 January 2014 11:55 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA: Hats


It was not long ago that the hats that people wore at work signified their roles in society.  Two people wearing similar clothes with two styles of hats might have vastly different jobs in the business hierarchy.  It is still the case with firemen, the police and the military that you can discern much about a […]

6 January 2014 1:14 am by
Simon Cooper

C# via Java: Arrays


The one primitive type that hasn’t been covered is the array. An array contains a fixed number of items, and each item is a value of the array’s element type. The array elements are individually indexed starting from zero. In comparison to the other primitive types, which are all value types, arrays are reference types. […]

3 January 2014 7:26 pm by

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